Saturday, January 28, 2012

Georgia on My Mind As Doll Cracks It - Festival Of Sails Update

Jim Farmer’s New Zealand 52 footer, Georgia, continues to dominate the Festival of Sails IRC Division A with six bullets from seven races. The Kiwi boat has a handy buffer of xx points from nearest rival Jason Van Der Slot’s TP52, Calm, ahead of tomorrow’s final race.
Photo: Teri Dodds/Festival Of Sails
The Audi Centre Geelong Premier Racing Series saw some spectacular America’s Cup dial-up manoeuvring at the top mark in race 6 by Georgia, with tactician Chris Dickson advising Farmer throw the boat around the course.
Photo: Teri Dodds/Festival Of Sails
A first on corrected time in race six for Nicholas Bartels’ Victorian Cookson 50, Terra Firma, is the only chink in Georgia’s perfect armour. Bartels took a bold right hand gamble on the first beat up to the top mark, arriving just behind Michael Hiatt’s Living Doll and ahead of the snarling 52s Shogun V, Calm and Georgia.
Photo: Teri Dodds/Festival Of Sails
With Georgia 10 points clear of Calm, now it’s all about the minor placings. A light air forecast for tomorrow’s deciding race is good news for Van Der Slot who is calculating how to hold Rob Hanna’s TP52, Shogun V, at bay and secure second.
Photo: Teri Dodds/Festival Of Sails
Michael Hiatt advised this morning that Living Doll had cracked its keel after running aground in yesterday’s session and immediately after the Festival of Sails the Farr 55 will be lifted to check for damage. The issue has not cost the boat any speed according to Hiatt who is a big fan of the regatta, saying “It’s such an accessible place, and easy on the pocket”.

The Premier fleet  raced on a sun-soaked Corio Bay outer harbour where a late morning sou' south westerly breeze swung marginally left after lunch and climbed to a consistent 15-18 knot southerly.

Tomorrow’s forecast is for northerly winds 5 to 10 knots with sea breezes to 10 knots developing in the afternoon.

Lisa Ratcliff

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